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La Toque’s Cooking Camp series brings cooking know how and fun to young children, tweens and teens It’s all about letting the next generation have a blast with food and passing down culinary life skills from one generation to the next. Camp activities include cooking instruction, hands on projects, taste tests and contests. Campers will bring home their marvelous creations to share with their families and recipes to practice in their own kitchens. Sessions will be taught in a home setting in downtown Palo Alto.
Afternoon classes are held on Tuesdays (savory) and Friday (baking). Students will learn the techniques and recipe listed and, time permitting, a bonus recipe. Cooking techniques will be from basic to intermediate and will inspire your young cook to take over the kitchen for family dinners and to inspire a life long love of cooking and give grown ups confidence in the kitchen while having fun and meeting mew people. Register at least 24 hours before class.
AFTERNOON IN PERSON CLASSES (savory Tuesdays and baking Fridays)
Check back in fall, 2022.
IN PERSON SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUNG CHEFS
June 6-10, 9:00am-noon, Cookie Connoisseurs, ages 10-15, teacher: Cindy Roberts, $310
SOLD OUT June 20-24, 9-noon, Delectable Dinners: Viva Italia, ages 10-15, teacher: Cindy Roberts, $310
July 11-15, 9:00-noon, Easy Peasy Meals for Younger Kids, ages 6-9, teacher: Cindy Roberts, $310
July 18-22, 9-noon, International Flavors, ages 10-15, teacher: Anasua Gupta, $310
July 25-29, 9-noon, Chocolate Champions, ages 10-15, teacher: Cindy Roberts, $310
August 8-12, 9:00-noon, Great British Baking Show Camp, ages 10-15, teacher: Cindy Roberts, $310
EZ PEASY MEALS FOR YOUNGER KIDS If you’re ready to get your younger children cooking up a storm, this camp is for you. Young chefs will learn basic cooking techniques in a fun environment geared towards children ages 6-9. They’ll exit the week with a full dinner menu they’ll be proud of including hand cranked pasta, guacamole, quesadillas and cornbread. As a special treat, the campers will compete in a cupcake decorating contest and a chocolate tasting.
CHOCOLATE CHAMPIONS We’ll be cooking a host of chocolate treats including chocolate confections and compete in a chocolate cake decorating contest. The week will include chocolate tastings and chocolate tempering mastery. We’ll learn how chocolate is created, chocolate chemistry and other chocolate trivia.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS Do you love trying food from around the world? Learn how to make Indian, Thai, and Mediterranean favorites. The week will feature flavorful dishes that are easy to make.Learn about different spices and herbs, no-meat options, and the culture behind the food. It’s easy to be vegetarian or gluten-free!
COOKIE CONNOISSERS Start out as a cookie rookie and master the art of simply sensational cookies by the end of camp. Come learn the basics of the perfect cookie and some unique advanced cookie baking tips too. We’ll taste test store bought cookies vs. our own creations, maybe a visit a local bakery to sample theirs and compete for the best cookie creation.
DELECTABLE DINNERS – VIVA ITALIA Experience a week of Italian favorites, both savory and sweet. Menus will include pasta, pizza, gnocchi, lasagne and tiramisu.
GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW – Calling all kids ready for a baking challenge. Learn the recipes from the Great British Baking Show. It’s true. Mary and Paul have offered their secret recipes to their viewers and I’ll be sharing them with up to 12 lucky bakers in camp. Get ready to “bake”. We’ll learn the recipes and compete in baking contests.